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30 January 2007, 10:36 am
MIRSKY On Fire
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Warren Jones Youth Regatta 2007
Perth, Australia

The Royal Perth Yacht Club's skipper Torvar MIRSKY (AUS) blasted undefeated through the second day of the ISAF Grade 3 Warren Jones International Youth Regatta, on the Swan River, to end the day with a clear two point lead over Sydney's Murray GORDON (AUS).
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'We had a great run, I think we even stepped it up from yesterday,' commented the young sailor from Fremantle, about his 12-1 scoreline, 'It felt really good today.'

Discussing the improvements he and his crew had made since Monday MIRSKY said, 'Just our general talk and communication on the boat enabled everyone to do their job to the next level, so we all did our own jobs better today, which enabled us to sail better as a team.'

GORDON Happy

GORDON, from Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club still had a smile on his face having ended the day in second place, with a 10-3 scoreline.

'Another good day today, I think we're on a roll,' was GORDON's assessment of his performance, 'We only had one loss today out of six races, and the one loss that we had was extremely close.'

GORDON's only loss was to his Sydney rival Mark DORLING (AUS) from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, 'It was very much a local derby,' was his description of the race, 'I think we know each other too well.'

Another local sailor, Keith SWINTON (AUS), from South of Perth Yacht Club, is clinging to third place ahead of Evan WALKER (AUS), from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney.

WALKER Pegged Back

Having gone undefeated through the first day of the regatta, WALKER suffered three losses on the second day, to slip from the top of the leaderboard to fourth place.

These top four skippers are all still in contention to make the cut into the finals on Thursday, which will be a best of three match series to decide who collects one of the most prestigious trophies in youth sailing.

Conditions on the Swan River were about as good as they get, with 8-10 knots of sea breeze, making boat speed and tactics the critical factors.

The regatta in memory of Warren JONES (AUS), the man who masterminded Australia II's famous America's Cup victory in 1983, has attracted sailors from Britain, Sweden and Japan to sail against Australians from three states.

Racing continues on the Swan River's Matilda Bay until Thursday, and this year the regatta marks the 20th anniversary of Australia losing the America's Cup to Dennis CONNER (USA).

John Roberson (As Amended by ISAF). Image, Action from day two in Perth:© Western Australian Yachting Foundation
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